Weekend Wonderings: It’s all about the polysorbates, baby!

There were a few questions about polysorbate 20 this week, so let’s take a look at those comments! WILL HEATING HELP AN EMULSION WITH POLYSORBATE 20?In this post, Polysorbate 20 vs. polysorbate 80, Sam F asks, Do you think heating will aide an o/w emulsion when adding 0.3% eo’s & 1.2% polysorbate 20 to water? The...

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Gels (revised for 2013)!

I admit I have a thing for gels. It’s so cool to see some water and some powder come together to create something so thick a fork can stand up in it! I’ve written about them in the past, but I thought it would be fun to do a little update on the topic. What’s...

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Monday Wonderings: The soaping effect, blending preservatives, and melian’s preservative rant!

In this post, Michael asks, I make a lotion that is leaving white smear marks on my face. It’s not a tragedy, but I don’t like it. I’ve increased the % of water, no change (now (75% water + 18% carrier oils + 6% E-wax NF).. I’m wondering if it’s the amount of emulsifier? I tried...

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It’s holiday time! And some questions of you, my wonderful readers.

Today marks the first day of my holiday time! I don’t go back to work until the 10th! Wow! Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but it’s nice to be unscheduled. Sleeping in, playing in the workshop, writing the blog, playing more Animal Crossing: New Leaf, spending time with Raymond, spending time with...

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Weekend Wonderings: Adding ingredients to more than 100% and when to use maximum preservative

In this post, Tuesday Wonderings: On recipes that don’t total 100%, Karen writes, I have been reading the blog for a while, and for some reason I understood that certain ingredients were to be used ABOVE the 100%. Such as everything will add up to 100% and THEN we add the 1% (of that total) of...

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